OSLO, Norway – A study into setting up a hub for electrical supply from land to the Johan Sverdrup, Dabny, Draupne, and Luno fields in the North Sea is under way by the operators and license holders. The study was initiated by Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.
Statoil will head the program. Work will comprise technical studies, such as concept planning, as well as commercial solutions for the electrification of the fields on the Utsira High. The intention is to create a framework for potentially setting up a company or partnership to own and operate the facilities that will feed the receiving platforms with power.
The study will take in an offshore distribution platform near Johan Sverdrup to receive DC cables from land and AC cables on to the receiving platforms. An analysis of the power situation at the potential land-based connection points will also form part of the study.
There will be the additional requirement for converters and transformers on the distribution platform and on land. AC cables will also be necessary and the existing switching station will need to be extended for connection to the grid network.
A concept will be selected, and the investment decision made, at the earliest in the fourth quarter of this year.